Sweden wins the Nations Cup in Denmark

Sweden claimed the victory in the CDIO4* Blue Hors FEI Nations Cup and stays in the lead of the tournament, whilst Daniel Bachmann Andersen of Denmark produced yet another strong ride today in the CDIO4* Grand Prix Special presented by Gorrissen Federspiel which secured him the individual win with more than 78%.

The dressage stadion in Uggerhalne oozed of excitement and expectations during the CDIO4* Grand Prix Special in the Blue Hors Nations Cup at Equitour Aalborg this afternoon. The Swedish team had taken the lead in Saturday’s Grand Prix, and they proved to be inconvincible today in the Grand Prix Special which also means that they are still in the lead of the tournament.

– It means a lot for Sweden to win the Nations Cup today here in Uggerhalne. Another Swedish team won in Compiegne which means that Sweden is in the lead of the tournament, and we are striving to win the all over cup like we did last year. We look very much forward to competing in Rotterdam with yet another strong team, Swedish team coach Bo Jenå told after the prize giving ceremony.

The Danish team which placed third after the Grand Prix advanced to runner-up position today after three strong rides. Yet again, Danish rider Daniel Bachmann Andersen claimed a supreme victory aboard the 10-year-old Blue Hors Zepter. Despite 11 one- tempis on the centre line instead of 9 the pair scored a whopping 78.218%.

– For me riding Zepter has become art. He is so soft and reacts to my aids in a split second which gives me fantastic feeling. The best of it, is that we can achieve even more points once I can succeed in riding a faultless test on him. I will choose his sire Blue Hors Zack over Zepter for the bigger events this year, but I believe that Zepter will be my future horse for the big international championships, said Daniel Bachmann Andersen, individual winner of the Grand Prix Special.

CDIO4* Nations Cup – Team Classification at Equitour Aalborg:

1st: Sweden: 432.418
2nd: Denmark: 429.0033
3rd: Netherlands: 424.377
4th: Finland: 405.134

Swedish team coach Bo Jenå with the winning team.

Stutteri Ask Grand Prix presented by Mustang-Trailers A/S

1 Rolf-Göran Bengtsson/Crunch/SWE: 0,00 39,00
2 Kasper H Hansen/Jemousin van den Dael/DEN: 0,00 39,20
3 Krzysztof Ludwiczak/Nordwind/POL: 0,00 39,50

Olympic rider got in the way for a Danish win

27-year old Danish rider Kasper H. Hansen was 0.2 seconds from being victorious in the Stutteri Ask Grand Prix at Equitour Aalborg but then an Olympic silver medallist came in his way.

The home crowd cheered on the 11 Danish riders in the crucial and biggest class Stutteri Ask Grand Prix at Equitour Aalborg with 50 competitors. Three Danish riders qualified for the jump-off, and when Kasper H. Hansen produced a very fast and solid round aboard Jemousin van den Dael, placing them ahead of the competitors, he also made it possible for the home crowd to experience an exciting end to five fantastic days of competition in Uggerhalne.

For a long while, it seemed that Kasper could keep his first place, but then one of the fastest riders in the world made his entry on the course: Olympic silver medal winner Rolf-Göran Bengtsson aboard the breeding stallion Crunch. Rolf did what he is so brilliant at; he rode at a high speed in perfect balance and passed the finishing line 0.2 seconds faster than the young Dane.

Danish rider Kasper H. Hansen.

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